Could it be that your child whom you thought had ADD or Dyslexia may have been misdiagnosed? That perhaps it is in fact auditory processing disorder? These three share an overlapping symptom: difficulty in understanding and processing speech. Early intervention is crucial if we are to avoid a misdiagnosis.

Symptoms of ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia overlap

Despite all the advances made in studying learning difficulties, children are still susceptible to being misdiagnosed. Dr. Martin Burns believes such might be the case for those with auditory processing disorder.

In his webinar, “How Do ADD, Dyslexia, and Auditory Processing Disorder Overlap?”, he says this may come about because ADD and dyslexia share similar symptoms with auditory processing disorder.

When symptoms overlap a misdiagnosis occurs

According to Burns, ADD and dyslexia as well as auditory processing disorder share a fundamental problem: difficulty in understanding and processing speech.

What looks like, say, ADD may in fact be a child who simply cannot understand what is being said, and so doesn’t bother to pay attention. If they are misdiagnosed, treatment will certainly be ineffective.

Why these have overlapping symptoms is because for children with ADD or auditory processing disorder, the parts of the brain that handle sensory input develop earlier than those responsible for focus and attention.

Children with auditory processing disorders may exhibit symptoms similar to those of attention deficit disorders, such as being easily distracted, not engaging in class, or not following directions.

Early intervention matters

Burns believes early intervention to improve auditory processing can have a significant positive impact on a child’s learning. Also, children with a family history of dyslexia are known to have more difficulties with auditory processing.

To minimize the chances of a misdiagnosis, a multi-pronged approach that takes all these factors into account is crucial. One-off therapies do not address the whole.

Key Takeaways:

Auditory processing disoder, ADD and dyslexia share common symptoms
Children with a family history of dyslexia struggle with auditory procesing
Early intervention is crucial

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